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  • AP-GfK Poll: 5 things to know about midterms poll

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Someone has to win. Most Americans say they dislike both the Republicans and the Democrats, but a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds more of them now say they would like the GOP to control Congress over the Democrats. That's in part because, on major issues including the economy and protecting the country, Republicans have...

  • Red Cross official: 6 months to contain Ebola

    BEIJING (AP) — A top Red Cross official says he is confident the Ebola epidemic can be contained within four to six months. The secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy, told a news conference in Beijing on Wednesday that the time frame is possible if there is "good isolation, good...

  • DEA to launch Arizona prescription drug crackdown

    PHOENIX (AP) — The federal Drug Enforcement Administration plans to launch a new initiative in Arizona to crack down on the illicit sale and use of prescription drugs. The new DEA initiative will include efforts to stop the diversion of narcotic pain medications from legitimate uses. They include targeting prescription forgery and fraud,...

  • US journalist to head home after Ebola recovery

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola will be released soon from an Omaha hospital. The Nebraska Medical Center says Ashoka Mukpo is scheduled to be discharged Wednesday morning from the hospital's biocontainment unit. Medical staff involved in his care plan to speak about his recovery at a news...

  • Ebola victim's sister says hospital denied request

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The family of the first Ebola victim to die in the United States says the hospital that cared for him has refused for weeks to release lab results showing the effects of an experimental drug treatment, fanning their suspicions that the facility mishandled the case. They believe that information is being withheld, along...

  • Mental health exam for man in Japan flight assault

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Hilo man charged with sexually assaulting a woman aboard a Japan Airlines flight will undergo a mental health evaluation. Michael Tanouye was ordered to remain held without bail at a detention hearing Tuesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang also granted his defense attorney's request for a mental competency evaluation of...

  • Brown meets with health care experts about Ebola

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown met with state agency heads, labor unions and leaders in the health care industry Tuesday to address Ebola preparedness at hospitals and other medical facilities throughout California. RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of the state's largest nurses' union and National Nurses United, said hospitals...

  • Prescott VA hospital detects Legionnaires' disease

    PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The federal Department of Veterans Affairs says it will flush and decontaminate the water system of its Prescott hospital after detecting the bacterium that causes the potentially fatal Legionnaires' disease. VA spokeswoman Mary Dillinger said the agency discovered nine positive tests for the bacterium on Oct. 14 in...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Big slump is no cause to ditch stock market NEW YORK (AP) — After more than five years of stock market gains, investors could be forgiven for worrying that big sell-offs may be the harbingers of bigger slumps. But, even as stocks were plunging last week, strategists and professional investors were telling their clients that the...

  • Jurors picked for doctor's cyanide poisoning trial

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Lawyers in the trial of a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher charged with killing his neurologist wife with cyanide have picked eight men and four women to serve as the jury. Allegheny County prosecutors and attorneys for Dr. Robert Ferrante, 65, are expected to complete the jury panel Wednesday by choosing four...

  • Arizona governor creates Ebola preparedness panel

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has created a committee of health experts to develop and implement a plan to ensure the state is prepared if an outbreak of Ebola or other infectious diseases occurs. Tuesday's executive order from the Republican governor creates the Governor's Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. It...

  • Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American video journalist being treated for Ebola is now free of the virus and will be released soon, the Omaha hospital where he is being treated said Tuesday. A recent test showed Ashoka Mukpo's blood is negative for the virus, according to the Nebraska Medical Center. The test was confirmed by the Centers for Disease...

  • Texas names 2 units to treat future Ebola patients

    DALLAS (AP) — Texas, which saw the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. and two more since then, has designated two containment facilities in Galveston and a Dallas suburb to treat any future patients. Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that the facilities, with specially trained staff and dedicated space, will take in those diagnosed with the...

  • Cherokee Nation to open $5M drug treatment center

    TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation is opening a new $5 million substance abuse treatment center in Tahlequah. Tribal officials will conduct a grand opening Monday for the new Jack Brown Center, which helps treat Native American youth for drug and alcohol addiction. The tribe says the 28,000-square-foot campus includes five buildings...

  • Ruling: Pot law doesn't provide DUI immunity

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona residents who have medical marijuana cards that allow them to legally smoke pot can still be prosecuted for driving under the influence in the state, an appeals court ruled Tuesday. A three-judge Court of Appeals panel's ruling Tuesday addressed the question of whether medical marijuana users should be immune from...

  • MCSO officer ordered to stay home after trip

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Maricopa County Sheriff's detention officer has been ordered to stay home for three weeks on administrative leave after he visited an Ebola-stricken area of West Africa. Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Tuesday that he took the action to protect his employees and inmates. Arpaio says the detention officer travels annually to...

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